“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Meat „
I just brought this salami because I saw it in Sainsburys and fancied it, I LOVE most salamis but a lot of them are too fatty tasting so I've kind of being hunting for a decent one that I can rely on.
This is Italian Milano Salami and costs about £2.00 a pack, the first thing I noticed was how small the slices was compared to other salami I've brought but when I opened the packet the meat had got a delish flavour so that didn't matter that much because I'd just use 2 slices instead of 1! lol
I like this salami because it doesn't feel greasy on my fingers, it's actually got a bit of a dry feel and I started stressing that it was going to be a majorly dry meat and that it wouldn't be much like salami. I shouldn't have worried about that though because it's got a perfect texture when you bite into it. I have salami in all sorts of ways like on sandwiches, added to pizza and quite often just fold a slice up straight out of the fridge and munch on it.
It's got a delish flavour, it's a bit spicey but deffo not over powering and has got a yummy meaty flavour. All them white bits you can see in the salami are pieces of fat so this is obviously going to be a bit greasy tasting...... but that's salami and you can't help that because if you took all the fat out then it wouldn't taste like salami at all! lol I think this meat has got a yummy flavour, it's a bit smoked and everything I've had it on has tasted delish.
I put some on top of a pizza the other day, it wasn't making my own pizza but I'd got a plain cheese and tomato one that needed livening up.... I stuck half a dozen slices of this on top and it made the pizza taste completely different to the boring one I'd started with.
I deffo recommend this salami to ANYONE, even people who don't eat a lot of this greasy meat because this brand is sooooo yummy that I can't get enough of it and am going back again tomorrow to buy another pack!
I first came across this salami when I was looking for a spicy meat to put on a pizza I was making. I'd tried out various different sorts of salami before- danish, german, napoli, and discovered that there was quite a difference in flavour (and price!) between the different types. So I was keen to try out this Milano salami, to see how it would compare to the others.
At £2 for an 86g pack of this, it's not the cheapest 'ready to eat' meat on the shelf. Nor is it the healthiest- the little 'wheel of health' at the top is decidely red, with only one green segment, for sugars. Each slice contains 27kcal, 2.3g of fat, and 0.22g of salt, which is quite a lot, considering the slices are quite small. But that's the bad news out of the way!
Each pack contains 14 slices of salami, arranged in two rows. The slices aren't as large as the ones you'd get in a pack of German salami, but nor are they the smallest I've come across. They're quite thin, but they're thick enough to stay in one piece when you hold them, unlike some almost see through ones I've come across which rip when you try to get them out, or stick together. These are easy to remove individually, and never tear, unless you actually want them to! Each circular slice is just over 3 inches in diameter, so while it won't make a substantial snack, you only need a few slices to fill a sandwich. The slices are a natural pinky colour, permeated with white marks (which I'm assuming are bits of fat- nice).
The salami is made in Italy, using a recipe from the Lombardy region (I'm guessing that's a good thing?!), and it is described as being 'lightly seasoned with pepper, wine and garlic'. It also contains funny sounding ingredients like sodium ascorbate and potassium nitrate, as well as preservatives, but funnily enough these aren't mentioned on the front.
And now for the most important part- the taste. It's very, very good- the best of its kind, in my opinion. It's spicy and vibrant, but you can also taste all the individual flavours of pork, pepper, wine and garlic. It's not overpowering, but it walks that fine line between subtlety and strong flavour perfectly. In cooking, it holds its own, and maintains its flavour; eaten on its own, it makes for a deliciously flavoursome snack that will set your tastebuds tingling. Texture wise, it's also very good- soft, smooth and even. You don't get any gristly bits in this, so it's perfect for using on bread or in cooking.
The packs usually have a use by date on them that's a month or two in advance, but once opened, they have to be used within 2 days. This is a downside, as it means you have to polish off 7 slices a day, which add up to quite a few calories (not to mention fat). Still, it's not much more than a lot of other meats, it's just not quite as substantial or filling. But if it's flavour you're after, rather than a hunger buster, then this will suit your purpose perfectly.
Although it's not the cheapest ready to eat salami out there, I think its great flavour and texture make it well worth the cost. Plus, it's often on a 2-for-£3 offer, which makes it much better value. If you're after a good quality salami with an authentic taste, then I'd highly recommend this one.